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I bought this Vicks Honey cough syrup for dry and irritating coughs from a local chemist and paid £2.99. It comes in a 200ml brown glass bottle which is not childproof as it just has a normal screw top. As soon as you open the bottle you can smell quite a strong menthol and fruity aroma which doesn't smell particularly pleasant but you do get the impression that it contains a lot of ingredients and that it will work well due to the strong smell.
The liquid itself is dark brown in colour and is not as thick as some cough mixtures I have had in the past. You have to be quite careful when pouring it onto a spoon as it is easy to spill over the edges, however as it is only me who uses it I usually just swig it out of the bottle which is probably not the right thing to do as you are only guessing how much you are having.
It tastes quite tangy and almost hot and I can feel it running down my throat. It does feel as though it sticks and leave a coating in my throat which is actually quite soothing and although it doesn't stop my cough completely it does stop that irritating clearing of the throat. As I tend to cough quite a bit my tubes get sore and this mixture does seem to ease the soreness and I can always tell when I am due to take another dose as they start to irritate me again.
The recommended dosage is two 5ml spoons when required for adults up to four times a day, and one 5ml spoon for children aged 7-12. I find this especially effective at night which is probably when my cough is worse, and usually settle down to sleep within half an hour of taking a dose. If I wake up in the night I keep the bottle on my bedside cabinet so I can just have another quick swig if I feel I need it.
I would recommend this cough mixture for chesty coughs as it really does work quickly to relieve symptoms of a dry and tickly cough.
Having had a few restless nights recently with a dry tickly cough my wife picked me up a bottle of Vicks Cough Syrup with honey to try and alleviate my symptoms; I think more for her benefit than mine as I have been disturbing her by coughing in the night.
Housed in the box shown above in the picture Dooyoo has I am told that this cough syrup contains honey and is for dry and irritating coughs and that it contains levomenthol . The instructions on the box advise that I should take two 5ml teaspoons every 3-4 hours and not exceed 6 doses per day. The box also claims that the syrup will:
Control coughs with mentholated formula
Immediate soothing effect
Made with Real Honey
And is Non Drowsy
Sounds good so far. Taking the top of the bottle you are met with a very strong menthol aroma which is reminiscent of Vicks Vapour rub, it is a very minty smell and even by just sniffing the bottle your nasal passages start to clear, this to me was a good sign that the syrup itself would help with my cough.
As with all medicines of this nature the liquid syrup is very thick and oozes out of the bottle onto your spoon, I was expecting a sweet minty taste but in reality the flavour is quite vile. I could taste honey mixed with a strange mentholy minty flavour but nothing like anything I had ever tasted before. I can't say I enjoyed it, but then again I wasn't bothered about its taste so long as it helped with my cough.
So did it work? When you first swallow the liquid it does coat the back of your throat nicely and does indeed sooth. During the day it seemed to work fine but when it came to night time I found that my cough got worse when I was lying down and asleep. The cough mixture didn't really do much to stop me coughing in the night, despite me getting up and taking another dose halfway through the night.
I would agree with its claims that it does have an immediate soothing effect and that for during the day my cough was more controlled, maybe its formula just isn't strong enough for night time use?.
To me it was no better or no worse than the hundreds of other cough syrups that are on the market that people buy at this time of the year. I would not recommend you giving this to children as the taste is awful and there are other more pleasant varieties of cough syrups out there that would appeal more to younger people and make it easier for you to give it to them. For adults, I would say to give it a go if everything else fails but again, there are better tasting cough syrups that you could be taking which would probably give the same effect.
This syrup cost £2.49 from Superdrug for a 100ml bottle, but I have been informed by my mother-on-law that it is also available in Poundland for £1.00 so it pays to shop around.
All in all a mediocre 3/5 from me, I didn't expect a miracle and I didn't get one.
Sooth your throat with honey while calming your cough.